The present restrictions during COVID-19 have impacted countless areas of our lives, many of which are out of our specialisation. That said, one area that we are able to offer a little insight on is with regards to the use of outdoor sports equipment and activity, including how children and young people have been advised to engage in sport at the present time.
While these are of course subject to change at any time, with various periods of tightening and relaxing, or even regional differences depending on which tier your area is in, here are a few general guidelines and recommendations. It is worth saying that these guidelines are correct as of September 2020, but may be somewhat different depending on when exactly you read this.
Am I allowed to exercise with people from outside my household?
Yes, with up to five others. This includes people within support bubbles. Gatherings of more than six are not allowed unless this is essential for work purposes. You should still be keeping a distance of 2m between people from different households, or 1m, where 2m is not possible.
Where can I exercise outside?
Current options include outdoor sports courts, outdoor gyms and outdoor playgrounds, provided those responsible operate them safely following Covid secure guidelines. It is worth checking whether the facility you’re thinking of is definitely open. It’s also recommended to limit the sharing of any sports equipment, such as tennis rackets, golf clubs or basketballs, or at least to keep to strict hand hygiene if you do so.
Can children play outdoors with grandparents?
Although you can meet people outdoors and indoors, people should be careful and diligent about social distancing and hand hygiene. Clinically vulnerable groups (such as people 70 or over), could be at higher risk of serious illness from coronavirus.
What about team sport?
Parents can also take their children to a coaching or training session, as long as the gathering does not exceed six people from different households.
Am I allowed to take part in water sports?
All forms of water sports practised on open waterways, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, surfing, paddle-boarding, and the use of motorised craft are allowed provided that the guidance on social distancing is observed.
We hope that this short summary has been helpful for the present time. If you have any questions about any of our outdoor sports equipment and how they could benefit you or your children at the current time, we’d love to talk to you today.